ndini wako is a public resource of experimental ethnography projects and ideas centering practice-based research in creative process, contemporary African dance and whatever else comes up. I am Tawanda an artist scholar earning a PhD in Dance Studies I am particularly intrigued by subjectivity (corporeal), creative practice, and lived ontology.
I trouble the subordination of (dance’s) practice-based research to empirical research by highlighting the value of the body’s intersectionality as creative resource. Dance and somatic practice produce and create knowledge at the intersection of multiple fields of knowledge – culture, technology, creative process, cognitive neuroscience, aesthetics, semiotics etc. I explore a curious inversion: using practice to critique theory as a model for creating knowledge. I’m interested in conceiving of a space where there is a lateral relationship between theory and practice by centering practice as research methodology. I share my creative projects,collaborations, research, writing, to cultivate deeper public conversation and explore the agency made possible by digital technology .
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This blog draws from conversations on cultural processes, dance studies, phenomenology, cognitive neuroscience, ethnography, popular culture, contemporary art . I share creative collaborations in multi-disciplinary projects and share ideas relevant to but not restricted to this research. I play with different presentation formats and online locations linked to this site…I think you get the idea. Enjoy…